MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More

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Dave’s traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: Synology DiskStations. But don’t worry, they also answered a few of your questions and shared a couple tips. It’s still your two favorite geeks, after all!

MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More

12:15 PM Jul. 10th, 2016 — Download: MP3 Version | AAC Version

Dave’s traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of...

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  1. I really enjoyed this podcast very much. Great job, guys.

    I did want to add 1 thought onto your comments about NAS, in this case the Synology devices.

    Everyone assumes if they use Mirror mode (1 drive is automatically copied onto a 2 drive so you automatically get a back up) only helps when drive A fails, and drive B kicks in so you don’t lose any data.

    What most users don’t understand is that there are multiple single points of failure, even in a NAS as configured above! Yes, it is true that a drive is the most likely part to fail, due to the nature of spinning hard drives. However, other things can go wrong that may not “destroy” your data, but certainly make it unavailable. For example:
    1) If the Ethernet port fails (if signal port unit).
    2) If the power supply fails.
    3) If the disk controller or CPU fails.

    In all three of these scenarios, the data and the drives might be perfectly ok, but you still will not be able to get to your data, because other hardware that sits in between you and your disks has failed. And, while replacing a power supply might be easy to diagnose and fix, most typical users will experience significant downtime if the other items fail.

    Lesson; Buy quality in your NAS. Don’t cheap out.
    Lesson: Work with a NAS vendor that can supply you with a new power supply and / or case (ethernet and controller hardware) in short order to get you back up and running sooner rather than later.

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